What do you do with the end of carrots? Or banana peels? What about avocado pits?
Like we used to do, you probably compost them, either at home or through your waste management services. Which is great! But lately we have tried to go a step further and minimize the organic waste that goes into our compost bin. Here are a few easy tricks:
One of the easiest things you can do is save the ugly ends and parts you don’t eat of many vegetables like, for example; carrots, onions, broccoli, cabbage, herbs, green beans, zucchini, just any vegetable that you would cook. Freeze them in a Tupperware until you have enough (about 2 cups or 3) and then you can boil it in a pan with water and make vegetable broth.
There are also many recipes that can help you use up excess amounts of something, peels and scraps or almost spoiled food, like banana bread, coriander sauce, kale chips, homemade vinegar, etc.
Regrowing scraps is also a great way of reducing your food waste, but this one can be a bit trickier. So far we have accomplished growing avocados from the pit and also growing garlic from cloves.
You can also regrow vegetables like leafy greens from the ends, putting them in water, but so far we have never been successful at it, we might leave them in water for too long after they grow roots or maybe we don’t change the water often enough. But we will keep on trying, especially with herbs, since it is such a delight to use freshly cut herbs when you cook.
Hopefully we will accomplish this last one soon!